The Pixel 3 XL vs. Galaxy Note 9th Android and Samsung Experience. When I started this comparison, I thought the Pixel 3 XL would be unfairly inferior. But after looking at the specifications side by side, you will see a different picture. This year, Google provided a worthy alternative to Samsung's best offer.
The battle between these two phones has been impressive over the years. While Samsung was an ambassador for the Android operating system selling millions of units, the biggest complaint has always been how heavy his skin is. However, due to the top-tier specifications of the Galaxy Note line, many only maltreat the skin to enjoy better hardware.
Compare that with Pixel (born Nexus) series, which has undergone some changes. Nexus phones were initially just a way to showcase the latest version of Android on a cost-effective device. As Google switched to the Pixel Lineup, they changed their focus. Now Google is trying to make a top-tier phone that also runs Android stock. And after three iterations, it seems Google has finally bridged the gap between their best phone and Samsung's.
With these two phones, the software is probably one of the main reasons for this be that you decide for one thing. Either you love Samsung Experience, you are indifferent or you hate it. Depending on where you fall, you will be influenced by how the other specifications look and which phone you choose.
As in most years, this is not just a difference in the visual changes of Samsung's skin, but also in the Android version you want to run. Android 9.0 Pie (which comes with the Pixel 3 XL) is different from 8.1 Oreo and contains a number of general enhancements. Based on Samsung's track record, it will take months for the Galaxy Note 9 to have an official version, and that will be the case with the next Android version, Android Q.
Also, Samsung has been notoriously bad unlike the Pixel devices the monthly security patches of Android. Pixel 3 XL will receive security patches for three years in addition to two-letter updates (Android Q and Android R). While the Galaxy Note 9 should receive an update, it will most likely stop on Android P and be left behind in security patches, making it vulnerable to exploits that Google has already patched.
On paper, Samsung has a better camera, specifications do not say the full picture. Even with the Pixel 3 XL's only lens, Google will probably have the best camera on a smartphone again. Even now, many consider the Pixel 2 (and 2 XL) as the best camera on the market, even against the new Galaxy Note 9. With a year of data, Google has only improved the quality, resulting in an even better camera
The Pixel 3 XL starts with the Visual Core. The NPU developed by Google is used to process all lens-acquired data and apply machine learning to improve the quality of the photos. Whether it's Google HDR + or new features like Top Shot and Night Vision, AI enhances these features based on the theme of your photos.
The big new feature of the Galaxy Note 9 is a variable aperture, a feature first time with the Galaxy S9 and S9 + was introduced. With a variable aperture, one of the two lenses can automatically (and manually) adjust the aperture to pass more or less light to the image sensor. These not only allow shooting in low light conditions, but also provide options for well-lit subjects.
The second lens is a telephoto lens that adds 2x optical zoom. This is useful for both remote and dim light. We hope that Google Pixel will take over this in the future. Google's machine-learning digital zoom is impressive, but optical zoom can not be beat.
In almost every quantifiable category, both phones are identical in terms of display. Both use their largest screen so far: The Pixel 3 XL rocks a 6.3-inch display and the Galaxy Note 9 uses a 6.4-inch display. Both are OLED, with Pixel 3 XL opting for LG's POLED (unconfirmed) and Samsung for their Super AMOLED.
Both use the same resolution of 2960 x 1440, which is slightly higher for the Pixel 3 XL Pixel density means. Note 9 has a better screen-to-body ratio and achieves this without a display score.
The proximity in the display quality goes even further. DisplayMate gave the Galaxy Note 9 its highest rating of A + and said the screen was only beaten by the iPhone X S Max. But they also rated the Pixel 3 XL with the highest A + Score so we'll have to wait for their full test to see which of these two phones has the better screen.
Battery and Memory
Now that a year has gone by without major problems, Samsung once again feels confident in its ability to expand the size of the battery that they contain in their Galaxy Note series. For the first time in the series, Samsung has added an impressive 4,000 mAh battery. This capacity compensates for the larger display and high resolution and provides a battery for the whole day.
The Pixel 3 XL is another story. Google has decided to lower the battery size so that the depth of 0.31 inches can be maintained on both devices. This is both a good and a bad thing.
The good news is the phone stays thin and whether you use the Pixel 3 or Pixel 3 XL , the feeling of the phone in your hand is more similar than otherwise. However, taking the big screen into account will slow the battery life. To compensate for this, Google is blocking the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 to 2.5GHz (2.8GHz and above) on the Gold Cores and 1.6GHz (1.8GHz and above) on the Silver Cores to reduce power consumption. And although this should help, this makes the device less powerful than the Galaxy Note 9.
As far as storage is concerned, Galaxy Note 9 also has an advantage. The Note 9 has not only a larger internal memory (128 GB), but also a maximum storage capacity of half a terabyte. Note 9 also supports microSD, which the Pixel 3 XL does not support. And with the largest 512GB microSD card, the Galaxy Note 9 can hold up to 1TB of storage on your phone.
While 64 GB and 128 GB are great storage options, this is not enough for some. And although we see savings because the price gap is not too big, it could be crucial for many.
The price difference this year is not so bad between these two devices. The Pixel 3 XL starts at $ 899 while the Galaxy Note 9 starts at $ 999. A price difference of $ 100 is less about the price, but more about what you want. Do you need a big battery like the Galaxy Note 9, or do you prefer a first-class camera? Would you rather have all imaginable software features, or would you prefer a smoother software experience?
This year you will not be punished for taking one over the other. Instead, the Pixel 3 XL is an alternative. You (along with many others in the Android community) will ask these questions if you choose between these two phones, and where there is more, what the right phone is for you.